Thursday, October 05, 2006

A bad day for Jesus

Another great insight from my husband:

What would you think if I told you that three people we prayed for this Sunday got miraculously healed? Would you consider that a good church service? Well, no one got healed this Sunday that I know of, probably like most Sundays in most churches. And that leads to my point. I was reading in Mark and two verses stood out to me.

(Mark 6:5-6) Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.

I thought, we'd be ecstatic if a few sick people got healed. Do you know what that means? It means a bad day for Jesus is still more than most of our expectations. Does Jesus marvel at our unbelief?

So then Jesus went about the villages teaching. I guess that's all He could do, since He could do no mighty works. I wonder if that's why the church is so full of teaching and so lacking in power. Maybe that's all we have faith for.

Well I don't want to settle for just good teachings. I'm determined to stir myself up, press in, and connect with the Jesus I read about in the New Testament.

Who's with me?


Anonymous said...

I've wondered the same myself. How many Christians really have the faith of a child? It doesn't mean we have to buy into every TV ministry that comes along, we're still expected to think. But we've grown so cynical that we've stopped believing in the power of Christ at all. I'm with you!

Will H. Donaldson Family said...

I am SO with you on this one! I hate to say this, but those of us who teach are the ones to blame. When the people lacked faith, Jesus Taught. WE know Faith cometh by Hearing and Hearing by the word of God. I think that after salvation, sometimes we miss/forget the point of having Faith at all. Here is a test: Start asking your fellow Christians "What is the purpose of Faith?" "What does it do?" See how many make the connection with the Power of God. Those that do make the connection: Ask them how that is realized in THEIR life.

Mom of 5 said...

Tony, thank you - good point, I agree w/Ron we've become cynical we must have the faith of a child, the Centurian and others but we can't conjur up either. In the 70/s & 80s people were devasted when someone told them they didn't get healed because they didn't have faith. One of John's professors had the testimony that he had his eyes and back prayed for at the same time his back was healed but not his eyes. Did he or didn't he have faith? However we need to keep obeying the Word and pray for healings and miracles. Love Mom